Lawyer Referral Service

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This morning I was on local talk radio and I had a caller ask for a referral for a lawyer. Below is some useful information:

What is the Lawyer Referral Service?
The Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) is a public service of the South Carolina Bar that provides referrals to individuals needing qualified, prescreened lawyers. You may call for a referral from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The number to call, both in state and out, is 1-800-868-2284. (In Richland and Lexington counties, call 799-7100.) An online referral service is also available 24/7 and may be accessed by clicking here.

The LRS can refer you to a qualified, prescreened attorney in one of more than 100 areas of law, including the following:

Personal injury
Real estate and landlord-tenant
Family law, including divorce, custody, alimony and child support
Criminal defense
Employment law, including discrimination, wrongful termination and unpaid wages
* Most other areas of law

How does LRS work?
The LRS offers referrals by the type of law and by the area or location in which you need a lawyer. Each participating lawyer agrees to charge no more than $50 for a 30-minute consultation. If the consultation extends past the 30 minutes or you hire the lawyer to represent you, the lawyer will charge you his or her normal fees. The lawyers do not take pro bono cases.